Exercise Science and Athletic Training BS/MS

Our combined BS/MS program for athletic training certification is designed to provide an expedited path to education in exercise science while completing the requirements for certification in athletic training (The National Athletic Training Association, NATA).

The Role of the Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer is a healthcare professional educated and experienced in the management of healthcare problems associated with sport and physcial exercise. In cooperation with physicians and other healthcare personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an important member of the healthcare team in schools, colleges, universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other healthcare settings.

Program Outcomes

In this combined degree program, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of evidence-based practice concepts and their application to sound clinical decision-making and the critical examination of athletic training practice.
  • Learn to develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries and optimize their clients'/patients' overall health and quality of life.
  • Gain strong clinical examination skills in order to accurately diagnosis and effectively treat their patients.
  • Become knowledgeable and skilled in the evaluation and immediate management of acute injuries and illness.
  • Learn the range of interventions, methods, techniques, equipment, activities using body movement, and medications that are available to athletic trainers.
  • Learn to recognize clients/paitents exhibiting abnormal social, emotional, and mental behaviors and to intervene and refer these individuals as necessary.
  • Learn your role and function within the context of a complex healthcare system.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining current competence in the constantly changing world of healthcare and embrace the need to practice within the limits of state and national regulations using moral and ethical judgment.

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